Metro tiles also known as subway tiles first began their journey in the early 1900’s in New York City subway stations and the London underground. The basic white gloss tile then began to feature in hospitals and prisons due to it’s easy to clean and simple design.
The original flat white gloss tile has now evolved into a variety of colours, finishes and the addition of a bevelled edge, adding a little depth and detail to the tile. The size of the tile has been altered in different ways but without loosing it’s recognisable shape.
The tiles were originally fixed in a brick- bond horizontal layout and they are still often tiled this way to keep their traditional appearance. To add a contemporary spin the tiles can be fixed as a brick-bond in a vertical layout or in a herringbone style. This can add a little more interest to the uncomplicated tile.
They began featuring in peoples kitchens, bathrooms and even butchers shops again for their easy to clean qualities. Over the years with the addition of new colours, finishes, sizes and funky coloured grouts the options are endless.
Country kitchens, contemporary bathrooms, commercial spaces all can benefit from this trusty tile!
We love them. They are timeless and will be popular in interiors for a long time to come.
We have added a selection of our favourite images that we designed and created for a variety of clients to showcase their Metro Tiles. We hope you love them as much as we do?